ONS: 21 May 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, called on all parties to restore calm in southern Libya after clashes at an air base killed over 140 people.
  • AMERICAS: More than 200,000 protesters took to the streets of Venezuela, day 50 of an angry, and sometimes deadly, showdown with President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: Eleven Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement signatory countries met in Hanoi to have talks on an alternative plan to save the initiative following the United States’ exit from the pact.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police killed two suspected Islamic State militants in a clash during a raid on an apartment in the Ankara.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A cholera outbreak in Yemen is threatening to get out of control, as numbers of suspected cases have more than doubled in the past five days.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks.

TOP STORY

  • Saudi Arabia: US President Donald Trump to deliver speech at Arab-Islamic-American summit on day two of the nine-day foreign trip
    • Yesterday President Trump signed a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments.
    • The arms deal and investments that could total up to $350 billion was the central achievement of Trump’s first day in Riyadh
    • Today Trump is to deliver a speech at the Arab-Islamic-American summit that will address the leaders of 50 Muslim-majority countries to cast the challenge and need for unity in the fight against violent extremism.
    • Thousands of demonstrators in Yemen took to the streets of the capital to protest President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom.
    • In talks with leaders Trump said that ties to Bahrain will not be strained anymore.
    • Trump also accepted an invitation made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to visit Egypt.
    • The American delegation is scheduled to leave Saudi Arabia early Monday to head to Israel to continue the nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe.
    • Coverage: WP, AP-1, AP-2, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, BBC, PBS, NPR

AFRICA

  • Libya: UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, called on all parties to restore calm in southern Libya after clashes at an air base killed over 140 people. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The country’s troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others. (AP)
  • Sudan: The army said it repulsed two separate attacks by two armed groups in the east and north of Darfur region. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa said his country had “done its duty” by granting asylum in 2012 to Julian Assange. (AFP)
  • United States: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted that he was open to direct talks with Iran in the future. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: More than 200,000 protesters took to the streets of the country, on day 50 of an angry, and sometimes deadly, showdown with President Nicolas Maduro.(AFP)

ASIA

  • Regional: Eleven Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement signatory countries met in Hanoi to have talks on an alternative plan to save the initiative following the United States’ exit from the pact. (EFE)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen in Kabul have attacked a guesthouse, killing a German woman, beheading an Afghan guard, and kidnapping a Finnish woman. (BBC)
  • North Korea: South Korea said the country fired a ballistic missile from an area near its capital. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: The Interior Ministry held a special investigation into each instance of the “Wanna Cry” cyber attack, involving specialists of the Federal Security Service. (TASS)
  • Spain: Nearly 190,000 card-carrying members of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party are eligible to vote Sunday to pick a new leader for the 138-year-old group. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country’s police killed two suspected Islamic State militants in a clash during a raid on an apartment in the Ankara. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Regional: Campaigners on Friday pleaded for more help for millions of children in conflict zones who are missing years of school, revealing only two percent of humanitarian aid funds goes towards education. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The country’s special forces declared their mission in Mosul complete after they retook the last western districts from the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Yemen: A cholera outbreak is threatening to get out of control, as numbers of suspected cases have more than doubled in the past five days. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
        • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 19MAY: 34,601 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 19MAY: 13,540 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 19MAY: 9 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 29APR: 1,952 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
        • Deaths as of 29APR: 693 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 13APR: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 13APR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 13APR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAY)

  • Global: WHO to hold World Health Assembly in Geneva (to 31MAY)
  • Global: International Day for Biological Diversity – 2001
  • Europe: Anniversary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia joining the United Nations – 1992
  • Canada: Victoria Day – 1845
  • Greece: Eurozone expected to announce 86-billion-euro relief package for Greece
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of Ceylon adopting a new constitution, becoming a Republic, changing its name to Sri Lanka, and joining the Commonwealth of Nations – 1972
  • Yemen: Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agreeing to unity – 1990

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